14 August 2020, Chandigarh: Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr. Jai Parkash Dalal said that cotton-producing farmers in Haryana will not have to deal with the problem of their crop drying due to black rust at the time of harvesting this year. To solve this problem, a team of scientists from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar has been constituted to train the staff of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in cotton dominated areas.
Mr. Dalal also held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of the University and Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal and other officers. At the meeting, Director General, Agriculture, Mr. Vijay Singh Dahiya assured the Minister that a WhatsApp group of field officers would be constituted for the exchange of information in this regard and also visit the fields to find out the cause of the disease.
Mr. Dalal said that farmers have to spend a lot of money to grow cotton crops. When the crop ripens it becomes dry due to black rust at five-six different places in the same field, and the farmer faces disappointment. He said that it is very important to solve this problem. He said that this problem is being faced by the farmers in sandy areas like Sirsa, Hisar, Bahl-Loharu, Badhra, Charkhi-Dadri, Mahendragarh, and Rewari.